Gary Curneen enters his third season at the helm of the Roadrunner women’s soccer team in fall of 2016. He became CSU Bakersfield’s fourth women’s soccer head coach on Mar. 4, 2014.
In his first year at CSUB, Curneen led the team to a 4-16-1 record and a trip to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Curneen’s team succeeded on the field and in the classroom as 11 ‘Runners earned WAC All-Academic team honors and two student-athletes were named to the All-WAC teams in 2014.
Year Two featured a return trip to the WAC Tournament, which CSUB hosted in Bakersfield. The ‘Runners clinched the fifth seed after a 3-5-2 record in the WAC and defeated New Mexico State, 2-1, for the program’s first-ever postseason victory at the Division I level. The ‘Runners enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons since moving to Division I and finished the year with a 6-12-3 record.
Curneen’s 2015 squad reset or tied school records for most wins in a season, goals scored (35), assists (28), and points (98). Aminah Settles earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors while Settles and Sabrina Delgado were named First Team All-Conference. The ‘Runners also enjoyed continued success in the classroom as 16 student-athletes earned Academic All-WAC honors.
Curneen joined the ‘Runners after spending the 2013 season as an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his coaching duties for the Bearcats, he also served as the camp coordinator for the Cincinnati program.
Prior to joining the Bearcats, Curneen spent the previous 11 seasons at his alma mater Wingate, serving for two seasons as an assistant with the men’s program before taking over as head coach of the women’s team where he led the Bulldogs to a 95-48-8 record in nine seasons at the helm.
Curneen led the 2012 Wingate squad to a 14-3-1 overall record and their first NCAA Division II tournament at-large bid. The Bulldogs went 13-1-1 in the regular season, going 8-1 in conference play for the second straight year and advancing to the South Atlantic Conference championship match for the third straight season.
Twenty of Curneen’s student-athletes earned All-SAC honors during his Wingate tenure, including: 2012 SAC Player of the Year Jade Montgomery, who led the nation in goals; 2011 All-America Kelly Adams, who led the nation in assists; and defender Heather Schlick, who was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team.
The 2011 season was a historic year for Wingate, winning a program-record 16 matches. The Bulldogs went 16-4 on the year and defeated fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC championship match to earn their first SAC tournament title and, subsequently, their first NCAA Tournament bid. Curneen held the previous program-record mark of 14 wins set in 2008.
In 2010, Curneen led the Bulldogs to a 13-3-3 overall record, and 7-1-1 in the SAC, which was good for a third-place finish in the conference, and their first appearance in the SAC tournament championship game.
Along with an extensive background as a coach, coordinator and recruiter, Curneen’s training and game methods have been chronicled in his book The Modern Soccer Coach 2014, A Four Dimensional Approach, which was released in November of 2013. Aimed at Soccer coaches of all levels and with players of all ages and abilities The Modern Soccer Coach 2014 identifies the areas that must be targeted by coaches who want to maximize a team’s potential – the technical, tactical, physical, and mental sides to the game.
In addition to his coaching ledger at Wingate, Curneen has served the Union County Soccer Association as a team trainer for various age groups (U-9 to U-16). He has been an assistant director in the Olympic Development Program for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), directing all aspects of training for U-11 girls.
Curneen possesses an “A” coaching license from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He holds the premier diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Curneen was a marketing intern for the Boston Bulldogs of the A League and the Boston Renegades of the W-League for two summers.
As a Bulldog student-athlete, Curneen earned four letters in men’s soccer for head coach Gary Hamill. Curneen helped Wingate earn its first NCAA Division II playoff berth in 1999. Curneen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree (MBA) at Wingate University.
Curneen, is a native of Omagh, Northern Ireland. He and his wife Erin were married in Northern Ireland in 2012.